What’s New on Catalina Island 2017
Press Releases
Written by Catalina Island Chamber & Visitors Bureau   
Monday, January 16, 2017 12:59 PM

Exhibition by Internationally Renowned Artist Dale Chihuly
The Catalina Island Museum has reached a major milestone this week by announcing it will present an exhibition of works by internationally renowned artist Dale Chihuly. The exhibition, Chihuly at the Catalina Island Museum, will open on March 26, 2017 and run through December 11, 2017.

Contact: Gail Fornasiere

Carrie Underwood to Perform on a Four Day Cruise to Catalina and Mexico
Carnival Cruise Line is continuing its Carnival LIVE concert series with a shipboard concert by country star Carrie Underwood aboard the Carnival Imagination in April 2017. Tickets are on sale now. Underwood will perform in Carnival Imagination’s intimate Dynasty Lounge while the ship is docked in Catalina Island on April 4, 2017, during a four-day cruise that departs from Long Beach, Calif., April 2, 2017.

Contact: Roger Frizzell, SVP & Chief Communications Officer 

Knabe Park Unveiled
A little something for everyone. The new Knabe Park at Cabrillo Mole officially opened Friday Jan 6th. Bring the little ones out to set sail on the new pirate ship, or ride the friendly whale, or take a swing on the sunken ship. Then play a little beach volleyball or take few shots on the Basketball Court. See you there!

Contact: Dan Huncke
City of Avalon Community Services Department

2017 Catalina Island Visitors Guide Debuts
The fully updated 2017 Visitors Guide is the essential trip planning tool for all visitors to Catalina Island. The 76 page includes detailed information on hotels, attractions, restaurants and tours available on the island. Expanded areas of coverage this year include more information on weddings and meetings facilities. Produced by Mix Marketing the guide is available in both hard copy and digital versions. To request a 2017 Visitors Guide by mail go to catalinachamber.com/about/catalina-island-visitors-guide/ or call Cathy Miller at the number below. The guides are also slated for distribution in California Welcome Centers, AAA Offices throughout the western US, at consumer travel shows and to southern California Concierges.

Contact: Cathy Miller, Director of Sales & Marketing
Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau

Catalina Island Visitor Text Alerts Now Available
Consumers seeking information on Catalina Island visits are invited to sign up for text alerts by sending CATALINA to 66866. Alerts are slated to launch any day now and will be issued when special offers, discounts and/or event tickets go on sale.

Contact: Amelia Lincoln
Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau

Island of Romance Packages and Offers
For a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway, look no further than Catalina Island!
Located just an hour from coastal southern California, Catalina Island, known as the Island of Romance, is a true lover’s paradise.  The Mediterranean charm of Avalon, the island’s only city, offers a romantic setting.  Accommodations that include everything from beachfront hotels to cozy bed and breakfasts, well-appointed condos, charming cottages and even a four-star inn are available.  Many of the hotels have romantic amenities such as fireplaces, private balconies and ocean views.
Many of the Island’s hotels, restaurants, spas and tour operators are offering special Island of Romance packages.  To take advantage of these offers, find details, promo codes and additional information go to catalinachamber.com/about/catalina-island-of-romance/

Contact: Jim Luttjohann
Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau

Urban Adventure Quest offers two new adventures
Urban Adventure Quest has added two new adventures on Catalina Island, a new walking tour and a new golf cart tour, bringing the total up to five scavenger hunt options. Both of the new tours include completely unique clues and challenges. So if you've played any of our original games, you now have two new options from which to choose.

Your ALL New amazing scavenger hunt adventure walking tour will begin on the Green Pleasure Pier and will take you on a journey through Avalon's rich history and among some of its lesser-known treasures. Catalina Walking 2 has all new games, challenges and fun locations for your team to explore.  This walking tour is 2 miles and take about 2 hours.  Points of Interest include: the Green Pleasure Pier, Downtown Avalon, Waterfront areas, the Casino, Time Capsule and Avalon Canyon.

Catalina Golf Cart 2 is completely different from the original golf cart Quest. Your amazing scavenger hunt adventure will begin in the center of Avalon with the rental of an island touring golf cart for use in a mobile adventure. Your Quest route will take you through the foothills, along the shoreline and past great harbor lookouts as you locate and complete your challenges. Teams will spend two hours in their golf carts making their way through Avalon, out to the Casino and up and down the hills surrounding the city. Points of interest include: the Water Front, Mt. Ada, the Casino, City Park and the Ferry Terminal.

Games are available 365 days a year, sunrise to sunset. Purchase your game online at www.UrbanAdventureQuest.com. Play on your smart phone on your schedule. No one to meet, no one to check in with once on the island. Just purchase and play. 

Contact: Christie Walker
Email: Christie@urbanadventurequest.com
Phone: 805-603-5620
Website: www.UrbanAdventureQuest.com

2017 Catalina Island Pocket Map Debuts

Media contact Cathy Miller, Director of Sales & Marketing
Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau

The fully updated 2017 Catalina Island Pocket Map is the essential on island tool for all visitors to Catalina Island.  Produced by Mix Marketing the map will be available in hard copy in racks at Ferry Terminals, on board Catalina Express and in the Catalina Island Visitors Center, beginning later this week.

To request a 2017 Pocket Map by mail go to catalinachamber.com call 310.510.1520.  The maps are also slated for distribution in some AAA Offices, at consumer travel shows and to southern California Concierges.

Kidalina Kicks Off Spring & Summer Family Travel Season

Media contact Cathy Miller, Director of Sales & Marketing
Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau

Globally, the State of California is promoted as a family friendly place to visit.  Recent marketing by VisitCalifornia is using the moniker Kidifornia in media outlets including television and print.  As a compliment to that, the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau is promoting a series of family friendly offers, itineraries and activities under the umbrella of Kidalina Island.

From miniature golfing, to ziplining, semi-submarine rides to backcountry jeep expeditions, there is no shortage of reasons to make Kidalina your family vacation destination.   Family friendly dining options are also being promoted with various restaurants offering new kids menu options.  Events like Springfest and the Annual Easter Egg hunt along with new facilities like the pirate ship playground at Knabe park round out the offerings for some of the island’s smaller visitors.

Go to catalinachamber.com/kidalina to see the current offerings!

Spring Into Fun, with 20% off Island Scavenger Hunts

Urban Adventure Quest
Media Contact: Christie Walker

Solve clues and complete challenges as you discovery a great way to see Avalon, on this smart phone guided scavenger hunt adventure. Choose from two different walking tours, a two-hour golf cart tour, a one-hour golf cart/one hour walking tour or an electric bike tour. See local sights and hidden gems of Avalon as you venture out on your very own Amazing Race-like adventure. Available 365 days a year, sunrise to sunset. Sign up is online at UrbanAdventureQuest.com.  Use promo code: CatalinaSpring to receive 20% off. Must have a smart phone with Verizon or AT&T service.

Google Trekker Images to Go Live

Media contact Cathy Miller, Director of Sales & Marketing
Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau

Last summer the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau along with the Catalina Island Conservancy, worked with Google to utilize a Trekker to photograph and map the island’s roadways and trails.  Google has recently let us know, that the images will be “going live” in May 2017.

Happy Mom’s Day Package

Media contact: Sherri Cline 
Aurora Hotel and Spa
310.510.8410 [not for publication]

The Aurora Hotel and Spa, Catalina’s modern boutique oasis, is offering a special package just for moms. The Happy Mom’s Day Package includes two mid-week nights at the Aurora Hotel; a day of indulgence at the Island Spa Catalina, including lunch; plus, round trip boat fare, taxi transfers to and from the boat and a welcome bottle of wine. Happy Mom’s Day package prices start at $768 midweek.

Book Early and Save Big

Media contact: Sherri Cline
Island Water Charters
310.510.8410 [not for publication]

Catalina Island’s premier parasailing company is offering a special discount for those who book morning flights in advance. Book Early and Save Big savings are available by booking the first flight of the day at the company’s website at least 24 hours in advance.

Spring’s warming weather is bringing back favorite activities at Catalina Tours

Media contact: Lisa Lavelle 
Catalina Tours
562.304.3709 [not for publication]

Spring’s warming weather is bringing back favorite activities at Catalina Tours, Catalina’s activity reservation service and groups sales team. High adventure is available both above the surface with Jet Ski rentals and below the surface with SNUBA. Jet Skis are available for one or two people and SNUBA combines the best of scuba and snorkeling for a unique adventure.

Return of the Fro-Yo Bar

Media contact: Lisa Lavelle 
Catalina Coffee and Cookie Company
562.304.3709 [not for publication]

Each spring, Avalon residents and visitors eagerly await the return of frozen yoghurt at the Catalina Coffee and Cookie Company. With flavors that change regularly as well as dozens of toppings, the Fro-Yo Bar has become a warm weather Catalina Island tradition for visitors and locals alike.

Catalina Food Tours Joins in the Island Birthday Celebration

Catalina Food Tours
Media contact: Lisa Lavelle 
562.304.3709 [not for publication]
Tickets 424.226.9443

Thanks to a long-running promotion, Catalina Island’s reputation as Birthday Island has been assured. Birthday celebrants can take advantage of a range of discounts, gifts and special offers. Catalina Food Tours is now part of the birthday celebration, with a special treat available on tour only for those celebrating a birthday.

New Frozen Lemonade at Scoops!

Media Contact:  Kirsty Moyser 
505 Crescent Avenue, Avalon CA  90704

Two weeks ago, Scoops rolled out its newest item, Frozen lemonade. Fresh squeezed lemon juice is batch frozen to create a combination of a sweet/tart fresh ­­frozen lemonade with bits of zest. 

Scoops introduced homemade sweet crepes last fall and they have been a huge hit. They make a simple sweet crepe with Nutella or the most popular “Avalon Bay” which is sweet strawberries, freshly sliced bananas, Nutella, whipped cream and powdered sugar. An ice cream scoop can also be added to any of the crepes. Scoops also offers a panini heated sweet French Brioche bun with a scoop of ice cream or gelato.

Another “only at Scoops” are Starbucks products. Just about every Starbucks drink is available. Combine ice cream with Starbucks to create an “Affogato” - a scoop of Vanilla ice cream drowned with a shot of espresso. If you love espresso and ice cream this is an absolute must.